Unique Art Event Will Bring Stars To Porthcressa Beach

A unique community arts event tonight will bring Scilly’s star-filled dark night skies to the sand of Porthcressa Beach.

As part of Art Scilly Week, artist Imogen Bone hopes to recreate the constellations using starfish shapes made from tissue and wicker.

There will be a candle inside each sculpture and around 50 shapes will be laid on the beach at dusk. The starfish will be colour coded according to the constellation they’re in, which people will be able to walk around.

Imogen has developed an interest in astronomy and feels that this event is a great way to highlight Scilly’s star gazing potential because of our unpolluted night skies.

The star map made from the wicker starfish won’t be to scale, because of the amount of beach to work in, but she’s produced a small guide to help you find your way around.

Imogen says she had some materials left over from the winter lantern procession and wanted to create something that was unique to Scilly.

The beach art will be best seen from a distance and the newly refurbished Buzza Tower should be open to give a commanding position to view the work.

Imogen says she loves to do something different and to engage people who wouldn’t normally get involved with art.

And the artwork on the beach will lend itself to a different form of art – photography.

Imogen says long-exposure pictures taken while people are running around the constellations with torches should produce light streams in the shape of the constellations.

The event starts after the 9pm sunset and will probably be best viewed at 9.30pm.

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